FFXIV Botany Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best botany leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for you botanist.

Welcome! This is a quick resource about the best botany levequests per leve tier. If you’re reading, this you’ll wanna read: Botany Leveling Guide. Not much else to put in this intro – but I suggest you read the short mini-guide before the table. Also, always remember…

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Inequality!!! Not all botany levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far better than the other 2. Like I said: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (equally bad). The problem is the massive difference between the good and the bad… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Botany Leves: are the what I called the “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)“. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a chunky EXP bonus. This is what you want! This can be hard to do if your gear is severely outdated.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available botany levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.

 

List of Botany Levequests (Evaluation)

Updated our Botany Levequests list to include all quests and rated each per tier.

Removed all Temp(L)e levequests since they’re sucky. They cost 10 levequest allowance but only gives x3 XP.

LvlLevequestLeve RatingPlateLink
1East Bank StoryBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/675/east+bank+story
1Lovely LatexmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/677/lovely+latex
1Waking WoodBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/674/waking+wood
1We Couldn't Start the FiremehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/676/we+couldn't+start+the+fire
5Evil SeedsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/680/evil+seeds
5If a Tree FallsBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/679/if+a+tree+falls
5Let the Sun Shine InBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/678/let+the+sun+shine+in
5No Bark, All BitemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/681/no+bark,+all+bite
10A Chest of NutsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/682/a+chest+of+nuts
10Digging DeepmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/684/digging+deep
10The Heart of the HedgeBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/685/the+heart+of+the+hedge
10West Bank StoryGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/683/west+bank+story
15Briar in the HoleBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/689/briar+in+the+hole
15Maple StoriesmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/687/maple+stories
15Never Strikes TwicemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/688/never+strikes+twice
15The Quick and the DeadGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/686/the+quick+and+the+dead
20Fueling the FlamesmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/693/fueling+the+flames
20Just the Artifacts, MadammehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/692/just+the+artifacts,+madam
20Nowhere to SlideGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/690/nowhere+to+slide
20Shaken, Not StirredmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/691/shaken,+not+stirred
25AppleanchemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/696/appleanche
25Moon in RougemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/695/moon+in+rouge
25Mushroom Gobblin'mehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/697/mushroom+gobblin'
25Over the UnderbrushBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/694/over+the+underbrush
30Always RightmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/701/always+right
30Bleeding Them DrymehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/700/bleeding+them+dry
30Nature CallsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/700/bleeding+them+dry
30The Palm in Your HandBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/698/the+palm+in+your+hand
35A Stash of HerbsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/702/a+stash+of+herbs
35Catch My DriftBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/705/catch+my+drift
35Salad DaysmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/704/salad+days
35Spear of HeavenmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/703/spear+of+heaven
40Plague on Both Our ForestsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/706/plague+on+both+our+forests
40Sign of the CrimesBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/709/sign+of+the+crimes
40Straight and ArrowmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/707/straight+and+arrow
40This Old FortmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/708/this+old+fort
45Caught in the Long GrassGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/710/caught+in+the+long+grass
45See How They ShineBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/713/see+how+they+shine
45Topsy-turvy TimemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/711/topsy-turvy+time
45Wonders Don't Cease, They're DiscontinuedmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/712/wonders+don't+cease,+they're+discontinued
50Breathe DeeplymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1149/breathe+deeply
50Does This Look Infected?GoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1148/does+this+look+infected?
50Warm in Their BedsBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1148/does+this+look+infected?
52Ladies and GentiansBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1154/ladies+and+gentians
52Six Hours in a Leaky BoatmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1156/six+hours+in+a+leaky+boat
52The Bitter, the BettermehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1155/the+bitter,+the+better
54Chewed Up and Snuffed OutBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1162/chewed+up+and+snuffed+out
54Dandelion Don't Tell No LiesmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1161/dandelion+don't+tell+no+lies
54Your Mother Is Medicine and Your Father is the WildGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1160/your+mother+is+medicine+and+your+father+is+the+wild
56Bold and BluemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1167/bold+and+blue
56Heart to Heartmehkinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1166/heart+to+heart
56The Anointing of the DeadBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1168/the+anointing+of+the+dead
58A Taste of Their Own MedicineBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1174/a+taste+of+their+own+medicine
58Bleeding OutmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1173/bleeding+out
58Watching the Western WallGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1172/watching+the+western+wall
60Thank HeavenspillarmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1359/thank+heavenspillar
60Rhalgr Wood TooGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1358/rhalgr+wood+too
60Barking Up the Right TreeBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1360/barking+up+the+right+tree
62PiningBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1361/pining
62Coral-lationmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1362/coral-lation
62Penned Up FrustrationmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1363/penned+up+frustration
64Flowers for Algae RunBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1366/flowers+for+algae+run
64BamboozledGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1364/bamboozled
64TimbrmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1365/timbr
66Craic of DawnmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1367/craic+of+dawn
66Leaves Much to be DesiredBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1369/leaves+much+to+be+desired
66Hypocritic OathmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1368/hypocritic+oath
68Garden VarietyBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1372/garden+variety
68Last of the MhigansmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1371/last+of+the+mhigans
68Nunh the WiserGoodcatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1370/nunh+the+wiser

Well, it’s a basic resource! Hopefully, it was useful to you! GLHF Leveling up your Botanist! It gets better after 50, trust me!

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FFXIV Mining Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best mining leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for your miner.

Hey guys! This is a short guide detailing the best mining levequests per leve tier. If you’re here you’re probably going to want to see: Mining Leveling Guide. There’s not much else to say about that, I guess – but I’ll have a brief explanation for the newer players:

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Sadly, not all mining levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far superior than the other 2. As stated earlier: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (equally bad). The problem is the massive disparity between the good ones and the bad ones… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Mining Leves: are the aforementioned “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)“. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a massive EXP bonus. This is what you’re after! Careful, it can be a pain if your miner has bad gear.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available mining levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.

 

List of Mining Levequests (Evaluation)

Updated our Mining Levequests list to include all quests and rated each per tier.

Removed all Temp(L)e levequests since they’re sucky. They cost 10 levequest allowance but only gives x3 XP.

LvlLevequestLeve RatingPlateLink
1Rubble BubbleBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/714/Rubble-Bubble
1Who Needs the PaperworkBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/715/Who-Needs-the-Paperwork
1Miners' HolidaymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/717/miners'+holiday
1The Primrose PathmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/716/the+primrose+path
5Do They Ore Don't TheyBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/719/Do-They-Ore-Don%27t-They
5Vanishing PointBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/718/Vanishing-Point
5Pipikkuli's Ship Comes InmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/720/pipikkuli's+ship+comes+in
5I don't Zinc It's a CoincidencemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/721/i+don't+zinc+it's+a+coincidence
10That's Why They Call It Fool's GoldBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/723/That%27s-Why-They-Call-It-Fool%27s-Gold
10We Do This the Hard WayGoodFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/725/We-Do-This-the-Hard-Way
10Break It UpBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/722/Break-It-Up
10It Peiste to ListenmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/724/it+peiste+to+listen
15Earth Sprites are EasymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/727/earth+sprites+are+easy
15Eiderdown for EidolonsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/728/eiderdown+for+eidolons
15A Man's Gotta DreamGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/726/A-Man%27s-Gotta-Dream
15The Doom that Came to Belah'diaBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/729/The-Doom-that-Came-to-Belah%27dia
20Rock My WallmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/733/rock+my+wall
20Elemental HousekeepingmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/731/elemental+housekeeping
20Location, Location, LocationmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/732/location,+location,+location
20Look How They Shine for YouBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/730/Look-How-They-Shine-for-You
25Baby, Light My WaymehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/737/baby,+light+my+way
25Tag, You're ItmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/736/tag,+you're+it
25Can't Start a FiremehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/735/can't+start+a+fire
25Fool Me TwiceBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/734/Fool-Me-Twice
30I Kidd You NotBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/738/I-Kidd-You-Not
30Shell GamemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/741/shell+game
30That's What the Money is FormehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/739/that's+what+the+money+is+for
30The Midden FairmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/740/the+midden+fair
35Rocks for BrainsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/742/Rocks-for-Brains
35Ther Are no Good AnswersmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/743/there+are+no+good+answers
35Mythril MadnessBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/745/Mythril-Madness
35Eye for an EyemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/744/eye+for+an+eye
40Nature is a MonsterGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/746/Nature-Is-a-Monster
40Breach and BuildmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/748/breach+and+build
40Not Losing Our Heads This TimeBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/749/Not-Losing-Our-Heads-This-Time
40Brother in ArmsmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/747/brother+in+arms
45Hybrid HypothesesBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/753/Hybrid-Hypotheses
45Metal Has No MasterGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/750/Metal-Has-No-Master
45Sucker SeermehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/752/sucker+seer
45Crystal MessmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/751/crystal+mess
50The Merits of UpcyclingBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1180/The-Merits-of-Upcycling
50Taken For GraniteGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1178/Taken-for-Granite
50The Road to PilgrimagemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1179/the+road+to+pilgrimage
52Permit for Destruction of Religious PropertyBestCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1184/Permit-for-Destruction-of-Religious-Property
52Halone's Jewelry BoxmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1186/halone's+jewelry+box
52I'll Show You My Battle ShardsmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1185/i'll+show+you+my+battle+shards
54Dreams of War, Dreams of Liars, Dreams of Dragon FiremehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1191/dreams+of+war,+dreams+of+liars,+dreams+of+dragon+fire
54Talk about BoundariesBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1192/Talk-about-Boundaries
54From Creepers to SquattersGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1190/From-Creepers-to-Squatters
56Mortarin'BestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1198/Mortarin%27
56Fake-icitemehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1196/fake-icite
56What Goes UpmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1197/what+goes+up
58DragonproofingBestFlower Elfhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1204/Dragonproofing
58Sticking It OutGoodCatgirl Fishinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1202/Sticking-It-Out
58Crystal ChroniclesmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1203/crystal+chronicles
60Axe to GrindBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1375/axe+to+grind
60Set in StonemehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1374/set+in+stone
60Cermet BreakerGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1373/cermet+breaker
62Ready Ore NotBestCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1376/ready+ore+not
62Hit Rock BottommehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1377/hit+rock+bottom
62Coral-larymehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1378/coral-lary
64No Stone UnturnedBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1381/no+stone+unturned
64Simply Marble UsGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1379/simply+marble+us
64ScraptacularmehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1380/scraptacular
66Dunes of Our LivesBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1384/dunes+of+our+lives
66Bead Em UpmehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1382/bead+em+up
66O Say Can You Rock?mehLalahttps://xivdb.com/leve/1383/o+say+can+you+rock?
68The Ores Have ItBestFlower Elfhttps://xivdb.com/leve/1387/the+ores+have+it
68Mine All MineGoodCatgirl Fishinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1385/mine+all+mine
68Adios, Ala MhigomehKinghttps://xivdb.com/leve/1386/adios,+ala+mhigo

The information was compiled by my very beautiful girlfriend. :D Who helps me out from time to time.

Well, it’s a basic resource! Hopefully, it was useful to you! GLHF Leveling up your miner! It gets better after 50, trust me!

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FFXIV Mining Leveling Guide (70 Stormblood Updated)

Stormblood Updated! Level 60~+! Level up Mining Quickly! Mining Quests Items? Finding Mining Nodes? Stop wasting time! Power Level your Miner!

First of all, you might want to check out our Gathering General FAQ, and Mining General FAQ before you begin. Already familiar? Let’s get to it.

Key Info per section:

  • Mining quest requirement & location.
  • Mining Levequests location / Best leves.
  • Nodes unlocked, and material list.
  • If grinding, what’s the best item to farm? (Most useful)

Leveling your Miner 60 to 70? Smash deez stones in Stormblood!

Miner Leveling Guide – Navigation:
MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70]

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Before you begin…

For those who haven’t even unlocked the mining class: The Miner’s Guild is in Ul’dah.

Make sure you know all about gaining EXP most efficiently. We have a Gathering General Leveling Guide for this. Key points are: Choosing the right levequests (ones with evaluation can potentially give insane EXP), keeping key pieces of gear up to date (for getting maximum EXP per node), and making the most out of every node (using skills properly).

Our Gathering Gear Guide is something you should keep open while leveling up.

Regarding Mining Class Quest Items, it’s ideal to farm for them BEFORE you hit the next quest. (For example, farm Wyvern Obsidian while you’re level 26-29). As a quick reference, we will put all items needed here (they are mentioned again in more detail on every section).

Our Mining Node / Material Locations Guide will help you with this, and when looking for specific items.

Mining Class Quest Items

Level Item to gather Qty Level Item to gather Qty
MIN 1 Copper Ore 10 MIN 53 Mythrite Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 5 Bone Chip 50 MIN 55 Titanium Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 10 Obsidian 99 MIN 58 Hardsilver Ore (HQ) 10
MIN 15 Cinnabar (HQ) 10 MIN 60 Adamantite Ore (HQ) 3
MIN 20 Grade 1 Carbonized Matter 99 MIN 63 Beggar’s Mythril Ore
MIN 25 Effervescent Water (HQ) 15 MIN 65 Feather Iron Ore
MIN 30 Wyvern Obsidian (HQ) 15 MIN 68 Serpentine
MIN 35 Raw Amethyst (HQ) 20 MIN 70 Pummelite
MIN 40 Jade (HQ) 20
MIN 45 Electrum Ore (HQ) 20
MIN 50 Darksteel Ore 3

Useful links to have open: Mining Node Locations | Gathering Gear Guide

 

Mining Level 1-5

Mining Quest Level 1: 10 Copper Ore
Mining Quest Level 5: 50 Bone Chips
Level 1 Mining Levequests:
Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 5 Mining Levequests: Ul’dah Adventurers’ Guild & Scorpions Crossing.

Where to find Bone Chips? You can complete both of these quests in one go, to save time.  So make sure you have both sets of items ready before you return to Adalberta (10 Copper Ores and 50 Bone Chips). If you’re lazy you can also buy this from tradecraft merchant NPC’s (not recommended).

Level 5 Node Locations Unlocked: Central Thanalan (Four Sisters, Stonesthrow) Western Thanalan (Gate of the Sultana)

Level 1 to 5 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Bone Chip0505Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Wind Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Lightning Shard01005Four SistersCentral Thanalan05a
Muddy Water0305StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Copper Ore0105StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Wind Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Lightning Shard01005StonesthrowCentral Thanalan05b
Muddy Water0305Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Copper Ore0105Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Fire Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c
Water Shard01005Gate of the SultanaWestern Thanalan05c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Muddy Water
  • 70 Bone Chip (50 for the quest)
  • 99 Copper Ore (optional)

This part should be easy. After gathering all of those Bone Chips, you should be well past level 5. Return to Adalberta and claim your rewards and gear upgrades. IF Grinding: farm copper ore.

Mining Level 6-10

Mining Quest Level 10: 99 Obsidian
Level 5 Mining Levequests:
 Ul’dah Adventurers Guild & Scorpions Crossing.
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
Western Thanalan Horizon.

Where to find Obsidian? Yup, 99 Obsidian. Get used to this. You can find Obsidian in Western Thanalan (The East Hammer). Again, you can buy this from NPC’s but I wouldn’t advise it.

Level 10 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (The East Hammer), Central Thanalan (Royal Allagan Starway)
Lower La Noscea (Cedarwood).

Level 6 to 10 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Tin Ore062310The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Zinc Ore092610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Soiled Femur082610The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Water Shard01010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Obsidian1010The East HammerWestern Thanalan10a
Tin Ore062310Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Zinc Ore092610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Soiled Femur082610Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Lightning Shard01010Royal Allagan StarwayCentral Thanalan10b
Earth Shard01010CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c
Raw Sunstone072410CedarwoodLower La Noscea10c

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Tin Ore, Zinc Ore, Soiled Femur
  • 20 Raw Sunstone.
  • 119 Obsidian (99 for quest)

While 99 Obsidian may seem pretty grindy, getting stacks of materials is something you should get used to. IF Grinding: farm everything equally, except Sunstone.

Mining Level 11-15

Mining Quest Level 15: 10 High Quality Cinnabar
Level 10 Mining Levequests:
 Western Thanalan, Horizon.
Level 15 Mining Levequests:
Eastern ThanalanCamp Drybone.

Where to find Cinnabar? The HQ Cinnabar shouldn’t be hard to get. They’re found in Western Thanalan (Horizon).

Level 15 Node Locations Unlocked: Western Thanalan (Copperbell Mines, Horizon), Central Thanalan (“Western Thanalan” Exit).

Level 11 to 15 Mining Nodes and Materials Locations:

Material NameItem LevelPerceptionNode LevelLocationZoneNode ID
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Iron Sand1415HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Cinnabar1515HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Copper Sand1115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Water Shard0115HorizonWestern Thanalan15b
Rock Salt1215Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Ragstone1315Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Lightning Shard01015Western ThanalanCentral Thanalan15c
Iron Ore1415Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a
Water Shard0115Copperbell MinesWestern Thanalan15a

Suggested Stockpile:

  • 20 Iron & Copper Sand, Rock Salt, Ragstone.
  • 30 Cinnabar (10 HQ for the quest)
  • 99 Iron Ore (Even more preferably!)

I have to remind you: Unearth is good.
IF Grinding: farm iron ore. LOTS of it.

MIN Level: [01-15] | [16-35] | [36-50] | [50-60] |[60-70]

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FFXIV Thaumaturge (THM) Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

How to level up your Thaumaturge (THM) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

Casting off to level Thaumaturge? Well let me spell it out for you – out Thaumaturge Leveling Guide will help you. What’s the hold up? No need to be hot and cold about it – LET’S GO!

This page is strictly for Thaumaturge – focusing more on THM specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Thaumaturge: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the THM Class?

Location: Old Ul’dah – Steps of Nald, Thaumaturges’ Guild (x:6.2, y:12.8)
NPCs: YayakeCocobuki
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Thaumaturge
> Way of the Thaumaturge
> My First Scepter
Others: You may also begin the game as Thaumaturge

Thaumaturge are Healer classes, falling under the Disciple of Magic category. INT is your main stat which increases your damage.

You should be using a Healer or Tank chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two). Honestly I’ve never really tried Tank… is it good? Lemme try now…

You may also want to check out our Thaumaturge General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Thaumaturge.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Thaumaturge Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill UnlockedBlizzard: Your basic spell used to gain the “Umbral Ice” buff – which greatly increases mana regen.

L2 Skill Unlocked – Fire: Your basic spell used to gain the “Astral Fire” buff – which greatly increases fire damage. I’ll explain a little more once you get to L4 – Transpose…

L4 Skill UnlockedTranspose: Turns Umbral Ice to Atral Fire and vice versa. So how it works is: Open with Fire (until you can’t cast any more Fires), Transpose, Blizzard until full then TRANSPOSE OR FIRE – repeat. It’ll make a lot of sense once you try it.

L5 THM Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Black Mage).

L6 Skill UnlockedThunder: Your first Damage over Time (DoT) spell – open with this, or refresh it when it’s about to fall off. Usually, we would refresh this during Ice phase.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Thaumaturge. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 for base classes Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Black Mage by then.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedAddle: Amazing for raids but pretty terrible for solo.

L10 Skill UnlockedSleep: Only good for questing and such (maybe dungeons, when healer falls asleep) – they wake up when hit. Great for quests and fates that require item interaction.

L10 THM Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Skill Unlocked – Blizzard II: AoE version of Blizzard which hits close range guys only. Can be a little awkward… but decent for dungeons.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedBreak: Applies heavy. I don’t know when I would ever use this soloing. I would rather just DPS harder.

L15 THM Class Quest unlocks Scathe: check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

Scathe: A filler spell for movement… great for getting that last bit in without “ruining” your “stance”…

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

 

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedDrain: A small nuke with lifesteal. You have no means of self-sustain so this could be useful soling.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Class Quest Skill UnlockedFire II: Ah, Fire II. GREAT FOR AoE!!!! Makes your dungeon runs much faster.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Absolutely useless soloing, and of only limited use in dungeons this low. Skip for now. You’re gonna need this in raids, though.

L20 Trait UnlockedEnhanced Greased Lightning: explanation

L20 THM Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedLucid Dreaming: Pretty terrible for THM/BLM since you have infinite mana.

L25 THM Class Quest check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Thaumaturges’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedThunder II: AN AoE DoT! Applies Thunder to all nearby enemies. Only one Thunder effect per caster applies, in case you’re wondering if T1 and T2 stack.

L28 Trait UnlockedThundercloud: Ahhh Thundercloud! It – each tick of Thunder gives you a chance to get a free, instant Thunder of your choice which does FULL DAMAGE (the entire DoT). Needless to say, this is amazing.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP!
It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Black Mage (BLM)!

The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are
simply finishing ALL THM class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksManaward, and the prereq for Black Mage:

Manaward: A sick defensive cooldown. Great for raids but of limited use soling.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Thaumaturge. You now have the right to become a Black Mage!

How to become a Black Mage?

The quest to become a Black Mage is Taking the Black, found in Thaumaturges’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Black Mage, and Convert.

Soul of the Black Mage is your job soul crystal. To become a Black Mage you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Thaumaturge again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Thaumaturge! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Black Mage Leveling Guide. 

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FFXIV Pugilist (PGL) Leveling Guide (Stormblood Updated!)

How to level up your Pugilist (PGL) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

Taking matters into your own hands, it seems. Well, if you’re leveling up Pugilist, you’ve found the right place. Our Pugilist Leveling Guide will help you punch right through!

This page is strictly for Pugilist – focusing more on PGL specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Pugilist: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the PGL Class?

Location: Old Ul’dah – Steps of Nald, Pugilists’ Guild (x:9.7, y:10.3)
NPCs: Gagaruna, Hamon
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Pugilist
> Way of the Pugilist
> My First Hora
Others: You may also begin the game as Pugilist

Pugilists are Melee DPS classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. STR is your main stat which increases your damage.

You should be using a Healer or Tank chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two). Honestly I’ve never really tried Tank… is it good? Lemme try now…

You may also want to check out our Pugilist General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Pugilist.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Pugilist Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill UnlockedBootshine: Your basic attack! It does critical damage from behind (difficult while solo…), and turns your form into Coeurl.

L4 Skill UnlockedTrue Strike: Requires Coeurl form and deals more damage from behind, then switches your stance to Raptor.

L5 PGL Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Monk).

L6 Skill UnlockedSnap Punch: And just like that, you have your first complete combo!!! Requires Raptor and deals bonus damage from flank. It gives you a stack of Greased Lightning (commonly known as GL), and changes your form to Opo-Opo.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Pugilist. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Monk by then.

Check out this list of Melee DPS Role Actions for Pugilist.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: A heal is a heal. Since you’re not a healer – this is pretty good early on as you can imagine!

L10 Skill UnlockedInternal Release: A DPS cooldown that has quite a short recast time… use it often!

L10 PGL Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedArm’s Length: Virtually useless in the early levels. Don’t bother binding it yet.

L15 PGL Class Quest unlocks Fists of Earth: check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

Fists of Earth: Your first stance! It reduces damage taken so it’s okay for soloing. In high tier content you can use this form to reduce damage taken from certain mechanics. For now, ALWAYS KEEP IT UP! It’s free defense!

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedLeg Sweep: Ahhh, pure VALUE! Switch this up to the first slot in your Role Actions. It’s main use is still stunning enemies to cancel their AoE abilities. This little gem also allows us to hit our positionals while solo! It’s also a small boon in dungeons, as stunning enemies makes them not hit your tank. Every little bit helps!

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Class Quest Skill UnlockedTwin Snakes: Ahh, your first branch in the combo. It requires Coeurl (2nd hit of combo), and gives you increased damage for a while! It’s always smart to go for this whenever you don’t have the Twin Snakes buff. So not you not only have to maintain GL, but Twin Snakes, too…. the plot thickens.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Useless while soloing. The main use is to help out your tank so you don’t pull. You may as well practice using this in dungeons and bosses early as now.

L20 Trait UnlockedEnhanced Greased Lightning: Allows for a second stack of Greased Lightning!

L20 PGL Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedInvigorate: Without TP you don’t do DPS. Simple as that! Switch this up to your second Role Action slot, as it will be useful for ANY kind of content. It’s especially useful to regain TP after death.

L25 PGL Class Quest check in on your guildmaster in Ul’dah – Steps of Nald – Pugilists’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedArm of the Destroyer: An AoE attack which is only good against 4+ enemies. It changes your form to Raptor, so maintaining GL even in an AoE scenario isn’t too bad.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP!
It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Monk (MNK)!

The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are
simply finishing ALL PGL class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksDemolish, and the prereq for Monk:

Demolish: is your first Damage over Time skill. It’s a combo finisher (requires Raptor), but grants GL as well. Always a decent practice to open up with this combo! So now, against bosses, you have three things to look out for. GL, Demolish and Twin Snakes

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Pugilist. You now have the right to become a Monk!

How to become a Monk?

The quest to become a Monk is Brother from Another Mother, found in Pugilists’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Monk, and Rockbreaker skill.

Soul of the Monk is your job soul crystal. To become a Monk you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Pugilist again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Pugilist! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Monk Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Pugilist Leveling Guide helped you out

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FFXIV Rogue (ROG) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Rogue (ROG) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

Attracted to the whole double-wielding, stealth, and “jutsus”, ey? Well, I ain’t here to judge. But I am here to give you tips in this Rogue Leveling Guide – which, if you found yourself here, is likely your goal! Believe it!

This page is strictly for Rogue – focusing more on ROG specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Rogue: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the ROG Class?

Location: Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks, Rogues’ Guild (x:8.1, y:16.5)
NPCs: Lonwoerd, Jacke
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Rogue
> My First Daggers
Note: Rogue is a base class that you CANNOT start the game with.

Rogues are Melee DPS classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. Unlike other melee classes, Rogues use DEX as their main stat.

You should be using a Healer or Tank chocobo companion (admittedly ,I don’t have much experience with Tank chocobos, are they even good?).

You may also want to check out our Rogue General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Rogue.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Rogue Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill UnlockedSpinning Edge: Your “basic attack”. It eventually links up to your basic DPS combo.

L2 Skill UnlockedShade Shift: A strong defensive cooldown. It gives you a shield based on max HP. While its primary use is in high end content, be aware of it during the leveling process – it may save a death or two.

L4 Skill UnlockedGust Slash: Your first combo! Its from Spinning Edge > Gust Slash. The very beginnings of your future rotation.

L5 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Ninja).

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Rogue. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20. and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Ninja by then.

Here’s a list of the Melee DPS Role Actions you’ll be getting as you progress.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: A free heal is a free heal. This is obviously great while leveling up and you should be using it often.

L10 Skill UnlockedHide: Allows you to sneak around undetected! It’s actually pretty great in PvE / questing. Use it when you need to interact with objects guarded by NPC’s!

L10 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Skill UnlockedAssassinate: An “off-gcd” (OGCD) skill that can only be used against low HP targets.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedArm’s Length: Only useful in a select few high-end raids…. very niche. Almost useless in the leveling process.

L14 Trait UnlockedAll Fours: A weird trait that is almost useless in this game. Rogues take less falling damage but you never actually die from falling unless you’re in combat…

L15 ROG Class Quest unlocks Throwing Dagger: check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogue’S Guild.

Throwing DaggerA ranged attack. Not too hot. There really isn’t much else to say about this skill.

L15 ROG (continuing) Class QuestMug. Jacke will direct you to Western La Noscea for this quest.

Mug: Another OGCD that you should spam every time it’s available. Ignore the “bonus item” clause…

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Actions Slot III Unlocked Leg Sweep: Put this in your first Role Action slot! A stun is SUPER VERSATILE in low levels! Interrupting enemy mobs so you don’t have to move out is great for melee. Stunning also provides damage mitigation (the mob won’t attack), which is a great little bonus in dungeons. It also allows you to land Trick Attack in solo encounters!

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill UnlockedTrick Attack: Ahhh, the infamous Trick Attack! “Trick” causes a good chunk of damage AND makes the target suffer from “increases damage taken” – if they’re struck from behind. While the latter part of the skill may be difficult to trigger in solo PvE, stuns and Hide help! Great versus bosses!

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Useful only in dungeons and raids. Pulling from the tank is never good.

L20 Trait UnlockedFleet of Foot: A very unique passive you should be aware about. Rogues and Ninjas actually move faster than other classes!

L20 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedBloodbath: TP is TP – without it, you can’t DPS! You should never leave home without it! Put this in your second Role Action slot!

L25 ROG Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Rogues’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedAeolian Edge: Your first complete combo! It goes from Spinning Edge > Gust Slash > Aeolian Edge. The addition of a combo finisher improves your damage output quite a bit!

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Ninja (NIN)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL ROG class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksJugulate, and the prereq for Ninja:

Jugulate: is Yet another OGCD that silences. While its potency is small, it’s better than zero! The Silence effect… hmm, honestly the more experienced you are with the game, the more you know when silence is actually usable. It’s almost strictly worse than stun in a vast majority of cases. Situations do exist where certain skills can only be silenced. A vast majority of the time, you’ll just be using this as bonus DPS.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Rogue. You now have the right to become a Ninja!

How to become a Ninja?

The quest to become a Ninja is Peasants by Day, Ninjas by Night, found in Rogues’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Ninja, and the skills Ten and Ninjutsu.

Soul of the Ninja is your job soul crystal. To become a Ninja you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Rogue again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Rogue! Congrats! Feel free to teleport behind the Ninja Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Rogue Leveling Guide helped you out… and if it didn’t – nothing personnel, kid.

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FFXIV Lancer (LNC) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Lancer (LNC) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

A brave one, aren’t you? If you’re here, you’re in the business of leveling up a Lancer (LNC). Well here’s a tip, and a spear to go with it – “Stick ’em with the pointy end”. Our Lancer leveling guide will help you punch right through the early levels!

This page is strictly for Lancer – focusing more on LNC specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Lancer: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the LNC Class?

Location: Old Gridania, Lancers’ Guild (x:14.3, y:5.8)
NPCs: Jillian, Ywain
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Lancer
> Way of the Lancer
> My First Spear
Others: You may also begin the game as Lancer

Lancers are Melee DPS classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. STR is your main stat which increases melee damage.

You should be using a Healer chocobo companion. I don’t think Tank chocobo’s can keep up?

You may also want to check out our Lancer General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Lancer.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Lancer Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill UnlockedTrue Thrust: For all intents and purposes – your basic attack.

L4 Skill UnlockedVorpal Thrust: Combos from True Thrust. This is the very beginnings of your rotation.

L5 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Dragoon).

L6 Skill UnlockedImpulse Drive: Has almost no use this early on. There was a purpose for gaining this on low levels back in the day, but that’s long gone. Ignore this skill for now but keep in mind it is part of a future combo.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Lancer. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Dragoon by then.

For a glimpse into the future, see: Melee DPS Role Actions.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: Regains some HP – great for soloing. You have no choice right now so slot it in.

L10 Skill UnlockedHeavy Thrust: Gives you a passive damage buff (whether you strike from front or side). It’s your first positional attack! Obviously while soloing, it’s quite difficult to get the potency bonus from the side. The buff you get though, ALWAYS KEEP IT UP!

L10 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedArm’s Length: Prevents knockback. Only has niche uses in raids – not very useful right now, however.

L15 LNC Class Quest unlocks Piercing Talon: check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

Piercing Talon: A ranged skill that has little to no practical use (except squeezing out tiny value in raids).

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedLeg Sweep: Not bad! A stun is great for soloing and dungeons – allowing you to effectively nullify the damage your target does for a short time. It also allows you to perform positional attacks while soloing! Great for the early levels and all dungeons.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge Log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill UnlockedLife Surge: Turns your next action into a critical strike. Best used with your heaviest skills (IE Combo finishers). For now, that’s True Thrust.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedDiversion: Reduces threat generated. It’s quite useless for solo content. Its main purpose is for raids.

L20 Trait UnlockedEnhanced Strength. 

L20 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot III unlockedInvigorate: Ahhh good ‘ol Invigorate. Gives you a chunky amount of TP. Great for any party content. Never leave home without it in your Role Actions!

L25 LNC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Lancers’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedFull Thrust: Your basic DPS combo finisher! It goes from True Thrust > Vorpal Thrust > Full Thrust. Use your Life Surge on this from now on.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Dragoon (DRG)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL LNC class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksBlood for Blood, and the prereq for Dragoon:

Blood for Blood: is a DPS increasing cooldown. The drawback is something you should be wary of in some raids. Increased damage TAKEN can be quite crippling for progression.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Lancer. You now have the right to become a Dragoon!

How to become a Dragoon?

The quest to become a Dragoon is Eye of the Dragon, found in Lancers’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Dragoon, and Jump skill.

Soul of the Dragoon is your job soul crystal. To become a Dragoon you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Lancer again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Lancer! Congrats! Hopefully our Lancer Leveling Guide helped you out. Feel free to, err, Jump into our Dragoon Leveling Guide.

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FFXIV Arcanist (ACN) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Arcanist (ACN) fast! Useful cross-class skills, reminders, and the best places to be in any level – HERE!

Lured in by the pets? Don’t sweats. Our Arcanist leveling guide can help you out! Since leveling up fast is why you found this page, I assume!

This page is strictly for Arcanist – focusing more on ACN specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Arcanist: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the ACN Class?

Location: Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks, Arcanists’ Guild (x:6, y:10.6)
NPCs: Murie, Thubyrgeim
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Arcanist
> Way of the Arcanist
> My First Grimoire (all in the same place)
Others: You may also begin the game as Arcanist

Arcanist are the only “Hybrid class”. For the intents of queueing up pre L30, they are Healers. Their main stat is INT, but many pieces of gear give them incidental MND stat which helps healing.

You should be using a DPS or Tank Chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two).

You may also want to check out our Arcanist General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Arcanist.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Arcanist Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill UnlockedRuin: For all intents and purposes, it’s your basic attack. It does a pitiful amount of damage…

L2 Skill UnlockedBio: Your first Damage over Time (DoT) spell! Use it when opening on new enemies, but don’t refresh it if they’re nearly dead.

L4 Skill UnlockedSummon: Blue Carbuncle is a ranged DPS pet. ALWAYS HAVE A SUMMON OUT! They’re a source of easy, brainless, and FREE damage!

L4 Skill UnlockedPhysick: A run of the mill heal. Notice how generic Disciple of Magic gear has Mind on it, which improves healing.

L5 ACN Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Arcanists’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Summoner or Scholar).

L6 Skill UnlockedAetherflow: The core of your future as an Arcanist. Aetherflow restores mana and gives you “Aetherflow“, which you expend to use special skills.

L6 Skill UnlockedEnergy Drain: Is one of those skills that use Aetherflow, coincidentally gained on the same level… It’s an off-gcd (OGCD) spell that damages enemies and gives you a bit of mana back. Realistically, in low level scenarios – just use it to do more damage.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Arcanist. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Summoner or Scholar by then.

Here’s the list of all Healer Role Actions.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedCleric Stance: Quite an irrelevant skill this early on… 5% is 5%, I suppose, but don’t split hairs over it.

L10 Skill UnlockedMiasma: Your second DoT! Against new enemies, it’s smart to open with both DoT’s. Refresh them only if the enemy will survive for a significant portion of the duration.

L10 ACN Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lower Decks – Arcanists’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Role Action slot II unlockedBreak: Slowing your opponent before reaching you… well… It’s not like enemies in this level range are that threatening. Not a very good skill.

L15 ACN Class Quest unlocks Summon II: check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lower Decks – Arcanists’ Guild.

Summon II: Topaz Carbuncle is OP. It’s a tank type pet that you should be using when soloing (DO NOT USE IT IN DUNGEONS). Use Physick on it when he’s low. As you can see, given all your tools as an Arcanist – they’re pretty OP in the leveling department.

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Actions Slot III UnlockedProtect: VALUE. Rearrange your Role Actions to have this one in the first slot. Free defense and magic defense for no cost. Always keep this up, solo, in a party, raid…

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge Log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill UnlockedResurrection: Good ‘ol rez. It can be used in combat but the cast time is staggering. It’s best used in tandem with Swiftcast.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedEsuna: Put this in the second slot of your Role Actions. Esuna clears removable debuffs – they’re noted by a white line above the debuff icon.

L20 Trait Unlocked – Aetherdam II: Adds another Aetherflow charge for a total of 2. A notable passive to remind you of, especially since Bane is now in the mix.

L20 ACN Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Arcanists’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedLucid Dreaming: Put this in the third slot of your Role Actions. Lucid Dreaming is a great source of mid-combat MP Regeneration.

L25 ACN Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks – Arcanists’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedBio II: Your Bio automatically gets upgraded to Bio II to deal more damage. I ain’t complaining!

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Summoner or Scholar (SMN or SCH)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL ACN class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocksBane, and the prereq for Summoner or Scholar:

Bane: Oh BOY. Finally! Bane SPREADS all your DoT’s afflicting your target, to all nearby enemies. This is an amazing AoE skill in dungeons at the low low cost of 1 Aetherflow. Keep in mind that DoT’s have a short settling time – BE SURE TO SEE IT ON THE ENEMY BEFORE YOU BANE. You’ll get what I mean in due time, once you’ve made this mistake enough times…

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Arcanist. You now have the right to become a Summoner or Scholar!

How to become a Summoner or Scholar?

(REMEMBER: You can unlock both!)

The quest to become a  Scholar is Forgotten but not Gone, found in Arcanists’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Scholar, and Adloquium skill. Scholars are purely a healing class, specializing in shields & mitigation. Your eventual Guildmaster is still located in Limsa.

The quest to become a Summoner is Austerities of Flame, also in the Arcanists’ Guild.  This gives you the Soul of the Summoner and Summon III skill. Summoners are a DoT and pet-based caster class. Get ready to stretch your keybinds. Your eventual guildmaster is located in Gridania.

(Gaining EXP as SCH counts towards SMN and vice versa!)

Arcanist leveling OP - read before you proceed

Arcanist can somehow get the best of both worlds.

While soloing, doing easy FATES or whatnot, you can use Summoner since your DPS is a lot better (+Titan Egi to tank for you!). Summoners are stupidly good for soloing.

When it comes to anything with a queue, or difficult content which you would like to tackle “slow and safe” with healing – just go SCH. Queuing up as DPS sucks, man. Luckily you have an option.

However, don’t be “that guy” who plans to main SMN, and queue up SCH with horrendous gear and are clueless. Practice as early as L30, man.

Soul of the Summoner or Scholar is your job soul crystal. To become a Summoner or Scholar you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Arcanist again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Arcanist! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Summoner or Scholar Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Arcanist Leveling Guide helped you out

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FFXIV Archer (ARC) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Archer (ARC) fast! Learn all about your skills, role actions, and how to level up HERE!

Tempted by the song of “ez ranged deeps”, ey? Aren’t we all! Well if you’re looking to have a shot at Archer, you’ve found the right place. Hopefully, our Archer Leveling Guide helps you out!

This page is strictly for Archer – focusing more on ARC specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Archer: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the ARC Class?

Location: Old Gridania, Archers’ Guild (x:6, y:10.6)
NPCs: Athelyna, Luciane
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Archer
> Way of the Archer
> My First Bow
Others: You may also begin the game as Archer

Archers are Physical Ranged DPS classes, falling under the Disciple of War category. DEX is your main stat which increases your damage output.

You should be using a Healer or Tank chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two).

You may also want to check out our Archer General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Archer.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Archer Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

Just became an Archer, huh? Start sniping your hunting log. A level one character doing hunting logs + participating in level appropriate FATES is super value THIS EARLY IN. The entire ARC Tier 1 hunting log can be found in Central and North Shroud. (You can do this while queued up for POTD).

You can refer to the table above regarding “what to do” after that.

L1 Skill UnlockedHeavy Shot: For all intents and purposes – your basic attack.

L2 Skill UnlockedStraight Shot: Gives a passive bonus to critical strike chance when you do it. Always keep this buff up on yourself!

L4 Skill UnlockedRaging Strikes: A hefty DPS cooldown. Use it on large packs, or on fat guys.

L5 ARC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Archers’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a Bard).

L6 Skill UnlockedVenomous Bite: Your first Damage over Time (DoT) skill! Always open with this (or refresh it) if the enemy is going to survive for more than a few attacks.

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Archer. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20, and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to Bard by then.

For a glimpse into the future: Ranged DPS Role Actions

L8 Trait UnlockedHeavier Shot: There’s a small chance your Heavy Shot causes your next Straight Shot to be an auto-crit. This is easily indicated by your Straight Shot icon blinking. It would be good practice to have this very obvious in your HUD.

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedSecond Wind: No choice but to pick this one up – it’s great for soloing in any case. A self-heal is always welcome, and every little bit of downtime reduced, or death prevented, is value.

L10 Skill UnlockedMisery’s End: An “execute” that can only be done when the target is low. Use whenever able.

L10 ARC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Archers’ Guild.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Skill UnlockedBloodletter: A very important “off-gcd” (OGCD) skill. Use it as often as you can since it’s “free”. It’s a significant part of your future rotation – I suggest making it very obvious in your HUD when Bloodletter is available to use.

L12 Role Action slot II unlocked Foot Graze: Pretty terrible for soloing. Has a niche use to bind enemies so they cant attack you while you interact. Not too important of a skill, don’t stress out to find a good bind for it.

L15 ARC Class Quest unlocks Repelling Shot: check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Archers’ Guild.

Repelling Shot is a repositioning skill that has only a few niche practical uses. While soloing, just use it to “prevent getting hit for a bit”. It’s useful in raids to quickly spread out from your friends.

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Action Slot III UnlockedLeg Graze: Not too bad for soloing tougher mobs, but admittedly quite poor overall. You don’t have much of a choice but put it in your role actions for now, but like its predecessor don’t stress out to find a good bind for it.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill UnlockedQuick Nock: Your first Area of Effect (AoE) skill. It does good damage on packs larger than 3. Be wary of its hefty TP cost. It has a deceptively long reach (much more than the skill shows), but the cone isn’t as wide as people initially presume.

L20 Role Actions Slot IV unlockedPeleton: AMAZING for soloing (dungeons too) and movement in general. It has a small cooldown so use it ALWAYS. You’ll be surprised how much time this cuts in towns, and in scenarios wherein you wouldn’t want to mount up. Keep note it doesn’t stack with Sprint.

L20 ARC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Archers’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot V unlockedInvigorate: Sickeningly good for dungeons (where spamming Quick Nock happens alot), Invigorate is part of many DPS classes repertoire in the endgame.

L25 ARC Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Archers’ Guild.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s Bard (BRD)! The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL ARC class quests up to level 30.

L30 Class quest unlocks Windbite, and the prereq for Bard:

Windbite: is your other DoT skill – Windbite and Venomous Bite play a vital role in Bard DPS. Open with both DoTs and refresh them if the enemy will live for more than a few hits.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Archer. You now have the right to become a Bard!

How to become a Bard?

The quest to become a Bard is A Song of Bards and Bowmen, found in Archers’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the Bard, and Mage’s Ballad skill.

Soul of the Bard is your job soul crystal. To become a Bard you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Archer again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Archer! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the Bard Leveling Guide. Hopefully our Archer Leveling Guide helped you out. May your arrows always find their mark!

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FFXIV Conjurer (CNJ) Leveling Guide

How to level up your Conjurer (CNJ) fast! Learn all about your skills, role actions, and how to level up HERE!

So, you wanna be a healer huh? If you’re planning to level up Conjurer you’ve come to the right place! Our Conjurer leveling guide will definitely help you speed things up!

This page is strictly for Conjurer – focusing more on CNJ specific info like skills, traits, and playstyle notes. The GENERAL PROCESS that you should be following is outlined in our GENERAL LEVELING GUIDE: Which you should be using ALONGSIDE THIS GUIDE.

Conjurer: Unlocking, and other basics

How to unlock the CNJ Class?

Location: Old Gridania, Conjurers’ Guild (x:6, y:10.6)
NPCs: E-Sumi-Yan, Madelle
Related Quests: (all in the same place)
> So you want to be a Conjurer
> Way of the Conjurer
> My First Cane
Others: You may also begin the game as Conjurer

Conjurer are Healer classes, falling under the Disciple of Magic category. Mind (MND) is your main stat which increases BOTH healing and damage.

You should be using a DPS or Tank chocobo companion (maybe a hybrid of the two).

You may also want to check out our Conjurer General Guide & FAQ for other basic info.

Leveling Methods, References and Reminders

In these boxes, I’ll put info that you’ll likely be referring to (or discovering) while leveling up your Conjurer.

EXP Grinding Methods

Here’s a generic outline of what you should be doing at any given time. The higher it is, the more value it is for EXP.

Leveling Activity Unlocks & Notes
Main Scenario Quest If this is your first character. Only stop and go down the list if you’re locked out.
Duty Roulette: Leveling Complete Sastasha and Tam-tara Deepcroft in the main scenario.
Palace of the Dead Unlocks at L17 for your first character, and you can zone in at L1 thereafter.
FATES The baseline activity for gaining incidental EXP.
Guildhest Complete each one ONCE for each class. Roulette version optional.
Hunting Log Gives some decent EXP if you’re bored or in queue. Terrible if you skip a tier.
Challenge Log Unlocks at L17 for your first character. Best done “passively” until nearing week end.
Dungeon Grind Grinding dungeons via Duty Roulette: Leveling or straight queue.
Levequests Honestly, Battlecraft leves are only so-so… Where? See: Levequests Guide

I give you many options because sanity, boredom, and changing it up are important to many people. Again, more detailed info can be found in the General Leveling guide.

Bonus EXP and other EXP effects

There are a few bonus EXP items you can equip for some minimal gains.

Heat of Battle (Free Company Action) 10/20/30%
Eating ANY FOOD BUFF +3% (You can buy from NPC IE Boiled Egg)

Moogle Hat until L10
Friendship Circlet until L25
Brand-new Ring until L30
Ala Mhigan Earrings until L50

These mainly work for monster kills, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have ‘em. Your journey is long, and killing monsters isn’t that large of a source of EXP.

Last but not least of these reminders, always logout at a sanctuary. It’s noted by the moon icon on the right side of your EXP bar. You gain rested EXP in these areas!

Conjurer Leveling – 01 to 30

If this is your first character:
MAIN SCENARIO QUEST IS YOUR FIRST PRIORITY.

L1 Skill Unlocked Stone: Your bread and butter damage spell. This is pretty much your “basic attack”.

L2 Skill UnlockedCure: Your first heal, but by no means worst! It’s super mana efficient – and this remains true for all of time!

L4 Skill UnlockedAero: Damage over time (DoT) spell. Don’t use or refresh it on enemies that die very quickly. For the most part, it’s a great spell to open fights with.

L5 CNJ Class Questcheck in on your guildmaster, E-Sumi-Yan, in Old Gridania – Conjurers’ Guild. These spawn every 5 levels up until 50, and can give you notable rewards (besides, you NEED to do them to become a White Mage).

L8 Role Actions unlocked!

So you’ve unlocked your first role action as Conjurer. If you’re new, you access this by pressing (default) P > Role. Slots for role actions are unlocked at 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 for base classes. Technically you unlock more at 32 onward, but you should advance to White Mage by then.

For a glimpse into the future: Healer Role Actions

L8 Role Action slot I unlockedCleric Stance. This has “some” use leveling up… It’s not the best but it’s something… 5% isn’t relevant this early on.

L10 CNJ Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Conjurers’ Guild.

L10 Skill UnlockedMedica: Is your basic Area of Effect (AoE). The AoE centers around you. Usually only good when at least 3 people need a heal.

L10 Hmm... Guildhests?

Are guildhests worth it while leveling? Note that you get a large bonus EXP for the first time you complete a guildhest with that class. This is pretty worth it!

I mention this now at level 10 since we have a special guildhest – Under the Armor. It’s the fastest guildhest and people use this as the unofficial hest to queue up for to nail the Challenge Log entries quickly. It also helps for the quick completion of the “Player Commendation” entry.

The roulette is so-so. I like it very early on when the hests are limited to the extremely easy ones.

L12 Skill UnlockedRaise: Resurrects a dead ally, but has a hefty cast time. Rumored butt buddy of Swiftcast.

L12 Role Action slot II unlocked – Break: I have mixed feelings for this. It’s great as an opener, but would you do it over Stone? Even in a raid scenario, it’s very unlikely that this is the best source of the Heavy debuff. Overall it’s quite poor.

L15 CNJ Class Quest unlocks Fluid Aura: check in on your guildmaster in Gridania – Conjurers’ Guild.

Fluid Aura pushes an enemy away from you. Great for interrupting while soloing. Be wary using this in dungeons as repositioning annoys people. In the case of dungeons, it’s great for pushing ranged mobs towards tanks, and interrupting mobs near walls for minimal movement.

L15 Unlocks - Duty Roulette Leveling

DR Leveling is an insane source of EXP and you shouldn’t let a day pass without doing it!

However, in this day and age there is a problem.

There are people who are the “Pure Palace of the Dead all the way BBY” types (nothing wrong with that), who may shun doing DR Leveling simply because they have no gear to speak of.

Don’t be dismayed due to a lack of gear! Grand Company seal gear is more than enough during this phase of the leveling period. It’s essentially FREE! NQ’s or cheap pieces from the market board can supplement the blanks. You can even buy from NPC’s!

These dungeons aren’t tuned to be very punishing, and being at a lower item level isn’t the end of the world.

L16 Role Actions Slot III unlockedProtect: FREE PASSIVE DEFENSES! Reconfigure your role skills as to put this at the very first slot. Needless to say keep it up on yourself (and your party members) at all times.

L17 Unlocks - Challenge Log

Keep in mind it unlocks at L17 FOR FIRST TIMERS, but if you do have it unlocked, the Challenge Log can be abused from L1 for other classes.

The Challenge log is a great way to gain EXP on the side. You should seek to complete as many relevant entries as you can before the week resets – at which time try to chase the good ones before it’s too late!

Not all entries are equally good – check the General Leveling Guide for tips.

 

L18 Skill UnlockedStone II: Replaces Stone as your basic DPS skill. Nothing fancy, just a (VERY WELCOME) increase in damage.

L20 Role Actions Slot III unlockedEsuna: is “only useful when it’s useful”. Removing debuffs doesn’t happen often but you’ll be thankful you had Esuna when it does happen. Put this on the second slot.

L20 CNJ Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Old Gridania – Conjurers’ Guild.

L24 Role Actions Slot III unlockedLucid Dreaming: is your best friend. Provides a large mana regeneration buff. Put it on the third slot.

L25 CNJ Class Quest – check in on your guildmaster in Old Gridania – Conjurers’ Guild.

L26 Skill UnlockedRepose: Sleeps an enemy (it wakes up if you hit it). Useful for quests where you interact with things, preventing mobs from bothering you. Doesn’t see much use these days.

Once you hit level 30 FULL STOP! It’s time you evolve into a job class – in your case that’s White Mage (WHM)!
The prerequisites to unlocking the quest are simply finishing ALL CNJ class quests up to level 30.

L30 Job quest unlocksCure II, and the prereq for White Mage (WHM).

Cure II: Is your “big heal”, it is not as mana efficient as CI but it gives a chunky amount of healing. When to use Cure I or Cure II is a bit of a topic, but let me simplify it for now by saying “Either your tank is taking massive damage, or you wanna save a GCD”.

Completing this quest marks your final class quest as Conjurer. You now have the right to become a White Mage!

How to become a White Mage?

The quest to become a White Mage is Seer Folly, found in Conjurers’ Guild. Completing this quest gives you Soul of the White Mage, and Presence of Mind skill.

Soul of the White Mage is your job soul crystal. To become a White Mage you merely have to equip it (it’s on the lower right most equipment slot). Equipping the soul crystal is a tiny bit of a hassle since you have to rebind your skills, and reconfigure your equipment set. But it’s okay since you’ll likely never be a Conjurer again.

And with that YOU’RE DONE WITH LEVELING Conjurer! Congrats! Feel free to proceed to the White Mage Leveling Guide. Hopefully, our CNJ Leveling Guide helped you out. I main White Mage (and play all healers), lemme tell you that this is a rewarding path you chose!

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